Even though we are still well over a month away from any sort of padded practices, Pittsburgh's media is getting excited about some of the things they are witnessing at Steelers OTAs. Thursday marked the last day of the second wave of organized team activities.
Pittsburgh's third and final wave of OTAs will run from June 5th-8th, but the most recent practices will leave fans feeling excited about what's going on in the secondary. Here's the latest Steelers news.
After linebacker Mark Robinson stole the show with his pick-six on Kenny Pickett earlier in the week, it was time for another young player to shine at Steelers OTAs. Cornerback Cory Trice Jr. was the talk of practice. Nick Farabaugh of Pittsburgh Sports Now called Thursday's practice 'the day of Cory Trice' thanks to the eye-popping plays he made.
Damontae Kazee told Farabaugh that Trice broke up three passes and recorded an interception. Trice says that he's 'starting to feel more comfortable' and he feels like he is 'making great strides'. The 2023 seventh-round pick was considered one of the best value picks in the draft, and he's already starting to show why he should have been taken higher.
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Trice isn't the only new Steelers defensive back who is being noticed at Steelers OTAs. Veteran CB and former All-Pro Patrick Peterson is also being talked about for how he is being used. Brian Batko of Pittsburgh Sports Now claims that Peterson is already seeing time in the slot.
This also means that Joey Porter Jr. is seeing some first-team reps on the outside. Pittsburgh's slot cornerback situation has remained one of the biggest areas of concern that had not been addressed, but perhaps the Steelers have a plan in place after all. This is a big transition for a cornerback who has almost solely played on the outside -- even one as talented as Peterson. It's still unclear if Peterson will be the answer at slot CB or if the coaching staff is merely experimenting with him there at OTAs.
We all know that Tom Brady is retired, but some fans felt like there was still a slight chance of a return. The future Hall of Fame quarterback put those thoughts to rest once and for all. On June 1st, Brady spoke with Robin Lundberg of Sports Illustrated where he made it clear that his playing days are officially behind him.
"“I’m certain I’m not playing again. So I’ve tried to make that clear, and I hate to continue to profess that cause I’ve already told people that lots of times. But I’m looking forward to my broadcasting job at FOX next year."- Tom Brady, via Robin Lundberg
Steelers fans need not worry. Tom Brady will never darken our doorway again. This was the final nail in the coffin of any chance of return. Brady is enjoying retirement and looking ahead to joining the FOX broadcast team next year.